Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering: Assistant Research Scientist University of California, Sta. Cruz, Engineering School - Biomolecular Engineering United States

Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering: Assistant Research Scientist (Open until filled, apply by 11/7/18)


  • Engineering School - Biomolecular Engineering



Open date: October 8th, 2018
Last review date: November 7th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (transitioning into the Genomics Institute Organized Research Unit, at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Assistant Research Scientist, working under the direction of Associate Director Benedict Paten. We seek a self-motivated, creative scientist with research expertise in the genomics of complex, repetitive sequences and/or human genome assembly. Our exceptional collegiality and interdisciplinary collaborations make UCSC an excellent environment for an innovative scientist who can benefit from and contribute to the rapid growth in the sciences and engineering at UCSC.


The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties:
(i) provide technical leadership and direction to a small senior-level technology development team; 
(ii) work with graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral scholars;
(iii) apply for and serve as principal investigator on grants, contracts, and private external funding; 
(iv) publish in top-tier scientific journals and present findings at international scientific meetings; 
(v) collaborate with scientists, laboratory scientists, software engineers and students in developing novel genomics tools, protocols and resources; 
(vi) advance long-read genome assembly strategies, working on both experimental, laboratory protocols and associated computational methods;
(vii) lead development of repeat representations in human genome reference maps, and in particular the representation of centromere and satellite sequences; and
(viii) coordinate collaborations to develop novel genomics tools, protocols and resources.


Assistant Research


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, or a related discipline at the time of application.
  • Minimum two-years’ experience in biological data analysis and programming experience with developing computational systems for genomics and precision medicine.
  • Minimum two-years’ experience with molecular biology, cell biology and sequencing technologies.
  • A demonstrated record of publishing in scientific journals and presenting at scientific meetings.


As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.


Initial appointment will be full time through June 30, 2020, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00656-19T in all correspondence.



  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Statement of research interests (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Copies of peer-reviewed publications (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of ten will be accepted)


Recruit System
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation* Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.


*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 7, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.


UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.


If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.





Santa Cruz, CA



Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Statement of Research Interests

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (1 of 2 required)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (2 of 2 required)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

  • Copy of peer-reviewed publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required



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